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Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme

The Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme (formerly the Coal Board Medical) protects the health of Queensland coal mine workers by ensuring they undergo compulsory pre-employment and periodic health assessments.

A key purpose of the respiratory component of the scheme is to provide early detection of coal mine dust lung disease among Queensland coal mine workers.

Read about the Queensland Government’s response to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis. If you have any questions about this, or other elements of the response to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, you can email minershealth@dnrme.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3199 7967.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) has engaged Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP) to deliver accreditation services for the medical providers that offer services to Queensland coal mine workers.

The engagement of QIP follows the establishment of the DNRME register of medical providers in July 2017. From 1 March 2019, the use of approved providers will become mandatory. Find out more about approved providers.

QIP is implementing a new accreditation process for doctors, spirometry practices and X-ray imaging clinics. From 1 March 2019, any practices or individuals that are not already registered with DNRME and want to become an approved provider will need to be fully accredited with QIP before applying to DNRME for approval. Practices already registered with DNRME on 1 March 2019, will have two years to formally apply and be approved by DNRME. These practices will need to be fully accredited with QIP to receive DNRME approval.

The introduction of the accreditation process will provide further assurance that medical providers offering services to Queensland coal mine workers are appropriately qualified, experienced and meet relevant standards.

View Spirometry training course accreditation

View X-ray imaging practice accreditation